Although it is too early to draw any firm conclusions, this study provides initial evidence that increased fees have an impact on application behaviour.
There is a clear drop in application numbers from English students when compared to their counterparts in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
On a positive note, we are pleased to see that at this stage there has been no relative drop-off in applicants from less advantaged neighbourhoods.
We will continue to monitor a range of indicators as the fee increases work their way through the system.
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